The 16 Best Sprint & Hurdle Talents Headed To AAU This Week

IndexMakeriah Harris-Sanaa Hebron-Mario Paul-Kayleigh Stargell-Erriyon Knighton-Bryce McCray-Chanice Spicer-David Foster-Tamaal Myers-Aaliyah Butler-Alexander Nunley-Autumn Wilson-Udodi Onwuzurike-Lucheyona Weaver-Robert Gregory-Talitha Diggs

4. Udodi Onwuzurike

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Birmingham Brothers Rice High School/Prime Time Performance TC, MI

Class of 2021, Boys 17-18 100m

Moving up in age bracket and returning to the competition where he finished third in the 200m and eighth in the 100m a year ago, Onwuzurike will find himself with quite more momentum this time around. 

While athletes have been competing steadily over the past month-plus in various parts of the country in abbreviated and scaled-back meets, Onwuzurike was one of the most impressive young sprinter in recent memory.

The Michigan athlete came away with two titles at the AAU West Coast Junior Olympic Games in July, pocketing career best marks of 10.60 and 21.12 seconds in the 100m and 200m, respectively. 

While Onwuzurike is only entered in the 100m at this year's event -- as far as we can tell -- and there are a number of athletes who have faster personal best times, few had to endure the kind of conditions he did in the Las Vegas sun just a few weeks ago. 

That toughness, combined with his ability to run through heats -- a long important variable in AAU competition -- should help this Michigan athlete immensely at the AAU Junior Olympic Games. 

Onwuzurike may not be the favorite, but he will be a threat to get on the podium against a very talented crop of sprinters. 

- Cory